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Akai MPD16

MPD16, PAD Controller from Akai in the MPD series.

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JayDMusic01/17/2009

JayDMusic's review

Akai MPD16
This is a review of the Akai MPD16 MIDI Control Surface. I used it for quite a while and was very pleased with it before I upgraded to an MPD24. You can read my review on the MPD24, too.

First off, I have to say, that I bought this product on a whim. I wasn't really planning on anything when I walked into Sam Ash, but after playing on the MPCs for a little, I decided that using keys wasn't the best way for me to chop samples or play drums in my DAW. I decided that I was going to take the bit of money I had and pick out a pad control device.

The MPD caught my eye because as every person who's heard of the MPC, they will know that it's made by Akai, also. Akai is legendary when it comes to pad control devices, and I had seen a video where a guy chopped an looped a sample in his DAW with the MPD. I thought to myself, "This can be a great investment! I can program my drums just how I want to!". This, coupled with its easy USB connect-ability, made me whip out the debit card for this baby.

When I brought it home, I was surprised when I pulled it out of the box. I thought it would be a little flimsy piece of hardware. I was wrong. It was built well, and could easily withstand the trials of a traveling performer or producer. The pads were soft and thin, sensitive, too. The fader was nice to control the volume in my DAW.

The installation of the thing was a piece of cake. I dropped the CD into my drive, and it read and installed in a matter of a minute or two. I opened up Fruity Loops Studio (Yeah, I use it. Sue me. I love it!), and picked out one of my favorite samples. I dropped it into the FL Slicer and opened my MIDI settings and activated the automatically-detected MPD16. I started hitting the pads on the MPD and realized exactly what my studio had been missing. Using this device made it easy to manipulate and choose exactly what chops I wanted to use. Then, I opened up the FPC plugin and in no time, I had a great drum kit with perfectly configured pads to pound on!

The classic 16 levels and Full Level switch made it easy for me to make my drums fade in and out with master precision instead of having to guess while I adjust the volume of the drum. Instead, I had 16 perfectly spaced levels to work with. I was really pleased with its seamless performance thus far. I was only an hour in, too.

After having it for a couple days, I was so pleased with it that I went out and bought the MPD24, too.

When it comes to pros and cons, there were only pros. Sorry to make you guys upset by leaving out the cons. That's because there were none. The pros were the price, the construction, the pads, the compatibility, the company, the customer service, and the piece of equipment in general. It's a great piece, and I recommend it to anybody who wants to have a simple pad control device to control their DAW. It's a great value and it can prove priceless to any home studio setup.
01/20/2004

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Akai MPD16
- How long have you use it?
more than 6 months

- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
not

- How do you report qualitprix?
means (300) has a 200 would be a steal

- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ...
I think that yes

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USB connection (noon possible, There's even a MIDI IN can be reu via USB port = no need to pm)
simple and efficient drivers

There's 16 pads is simple you type in and send it a MIDI note
The VLOC is gre (16 levels I think) but I find too low (that is adjustable, I put a 30 in Cubase / Nuendo) so that you must Tapper as a nag and was afraid of the boibote pter

buttons:

BANK: Change MIDI notes sent by the pads (2 mm BANKS available in time, but possibility to save and then reload them in two clicks with the software)
16 LEVELS: Each pad REPRESENTATIVES level VLOC diffrent, top right and then down 127 Veloci
FULL LEVEL: VLOC put the background for all pads
ACTIVE: active fader!
FADER will have one of the buttons below to send MIDI (me've never used)

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significant problems:
-VLOC too low by default
-Sensitive pads are only about 50% of their area in the center =
if you type on one side a = not work often results in rats (notes not playing what)
we must take control! I hold together well and I my index and my middle finger together on each hand and the fingers I type peninsula 'vertically (with major)
-Sometimes it stops working (or is it cubase windows or akai? Who knows ...) a reboot will be enough to restore life

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I use these pads to acoustic drum parts (battery + drumkit from hell or otherwise) is frankly very practical to do things quickly but it's not prcis and trs editing VLOC is inviting except for one beat "any substance" (quantification will also help apprciable: no need to start taking a adcall if one can snare the recording!)

the lack of pedals is felt, so I hacked to get a good compromise:
I use pedals for my master MIDI keyboard (yamaha p80) to the bass drum and changed all he need is a hi-hat pedals for but doable with no pads worry too much

I had a lot of problems occupancy proc 'when j'tais Cubase SX1 with battery and large samples of batteries but since I'm running Nuendo 2 I have this problem

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for this is the résumé of a trs good product, 2 / 3 clicks you have a battery on its virtual PC and with good samples and pedals it There's a way to take walk for hours!
it's very practical to record a live beat us and we may come to forget when you're in the heat of the would-be 2 hours to program (I dtest a)
quantification and editing of VLOC will not take too many head to have taken perfect!
dogfacedgremelin12/11/2003

dogfacedgremelin's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Akai MPD16
has become so easy with the pad is on the branch and it sapmleur Fat.
For Hip Hop production is the product to have.
With Sampler Akai S or Z was an MPC (Sequencer less).
100% satisfied with this purchase.
Dogface Corppate Ministry of Hip Hop Is Still Live 4 "Brother"